Dr. Manuela Dal Borgo

Rolling with the punches: Why do we fight?

Rolling with the punches: Why do we fight?

#TEDxCK 2017 Talk

Why do we fight? With the help of the history of ancient Greek warfare and Game Theory, a mathematical theory of competition, we can use the past to lead us into a cooperative future. As a classicist-economist and, first and foremost, a game theorist, I try to answer why people want to FIGHT. Conflict is a phenomenon one reads about in the favelas of Brazil, the grand militarism of the USA, the total warfare of the ancient Greeks and, more tangibly, in our experience of everyday life, in events such as splitting up with a partner, or divorce. Our behaviour may seem erratic, however, in many cases, it is not. The patterns of human nature are best described with the mathematical language called Game Theory.

My talk begins and ends in antiquity with my old mate Thucydides, a general, and historian of the Peloponnesian war. He describes models of human behaviour of his OWN DESIGN which still exist today, yet lie hidden within his story of the greatest war of his age.

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

8:00am - 6:00pm Chatham Capital Theatre
238 King Street West
Chatham, Ontario N7M 1E7

Good morning, coffee, juice and registration begin at 8:00am, talks start promptly at 9:00am



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About Manuela


Manuela was born in Brazil to a Chilean father and Austrian mother. She grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil until her early 20s believing she would become a sculptor and painter. She then moved to Italy for a year working menial jobs whilst traveling to research, and to read as many of Leonardo da Vinci’s Codices as possible (this was ten years before the da Vinci code). Thereafter, she moved again to care for her Yugoslavian grandparents who lived in Florida, and there she attended the local university, where she discovered Thucydides and ancient history. She was steadily supported by Florida State to speak at conferences all over the world, such as Paris, Cape Town and London. She was naturally good at it and was offered a place at UCL in London. There, she completed a PhD in Classics and Economics, all fully funded by the British government and UCL. Last year, she received a British Academy Fellowship as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge and joined Newnham College.

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